Skip to comments.Recommendations for a double-barreled, side-by-side, 12 gauge shotgun (vanity)
Posted on 01/01/2010 6:56:17 AM PST by bjorn14
I am thinking about getting a double-barreled, side-by-side shotgun 12 gauge shotgun for personal protection. Any recommendations? The government where I live would never approve of a handgun for "personal protection". I also may on occasion us it for bird hunting.
3 inch magnums.
Planning a wedding?
Get a pump, cheaper, more capacity, and at a realistic price range, more reliable.
And yes, I do have a number of SXS shotguns.
what sort of bird hunting? a 12 gauge is not gonna be of much use for sparrows...well, unless you are interested only in creating red feathery blotches all over...
Why a double?
Why not consider a nice, light and easy to shoot semi-auto? Or a good pump. Both types carry 5 rounds or over. For protection, if a gang or 3 or 4 murders enter your home, the double will leave you in serious trouble. And, many recent home attacks are made by this kind of perp.
A shorter-barrel pump (e.g., a “home defender” of some kind) is a superior choice to a SBS.
That is, unless you intend to chop off about a foot of the barrels of the SBS and make a heck of a scatter gun.
Double barrel shot gun you have two shots. Get a used 12 guage Browning Auto-5 and you have five shots!
Plus, you can reloaded it without breaking open the weapon.
A pair of Purdys.
How is a pump more reliable than a twice barrel? My Father had an old hammer double barrel gun. It had a habit of firing both barrels at the same time if both were cocked. That never happened to me but, it knocked one of my Uncles down and stuck stock first in a creek bank. :0)
A bird gun is not a good home defense gun. If you must have just one shotgun, I recommend getting a Remington 870 with an 18-20” cylinder-bore barrel for home defense, and then get a longer barrel with changeable chokes for bird hunting.
Remington SPR 453. Great price,takes a licking and keeps on ticking! Four screw in choke tubes.
A 12 Ga. Mossburg pump will give you 5 shots (with plug removed) for less than the cost of a double barrel shotgun.
I have one. Excellent gun. Multiple removable chokes for different targets. And at gun shows, shotguns are still very reasonable price.
My next shotgun investment will be a 410. I am liking the tactical models with the folding stock that has a rack for ammo built in. It will fold up small enough to place in a truck door panel compartment.
The A-5 will do the job and the humpback design aids in quick aiming in dim light. I own several.
with a Purdy good price attached, as in about 100k for those two.
Very nice! I was in their shop in London in 2002. All I can say is wow. Literally, works of art.
On a grouse hunt in Wisconsin I met an anesthesiologist from Indianopolis with a pair of 20 Ga. Piottis; the pair was a bargain compared to Purdey, Boss or H&H. He used them on a driven shoot in Scotland prior to Wisconsin; a rough life.
You can get relatively inexpensive SxSs from Ithaca or Savage Arms, but for hunting, you’re better off with an over/under. And for personal protection, you’re better off with a a pump action.
If you have big bucks you may obtain an L.C. Smith. I’m not sure what Laura Prepon shoots, but I like to imaging (fantasize) she has one of these in her arsenal.
I have a remington 12 semi-auto and she holds 5 rounds with the plug out. Get an extra barrel and saw off to 20 inches for home defense, and switch to original 26 to 28 inch for hunting
game. Double barrel not good defense weapon imho.
Bought my son a Rem 870 tactical pump for Christmas. Awesome gun. I agree this is the best platform for home defense. Of note, he fooled around at our skeet range with it and hit about 95%.
This is the Puglisi Gun Emporium in Duluth, MN.
If indeed personal protection is your purpose, consider a 20 gauge. Buy one that holds the maximum number of shells and has the shortest legal barrel length. After purchasing new or used and if you are handy, reduce the stock to a comfortable size closely resembling a long barreled pistol. However, use both hands and fire it from your hip for self defense. For a more professional appearance, pay a gun smith to do it to your specifications.
Keep it loaded and handy. This will be more than adequate for personal protection and only do minimal damage to walls, doors, and home fixtures with the added benefit of not harming neighbors.
Get a new SA Saiga 12 for $450.
They usually come with a 5rnd mag but you can buy 8 and 12 rnd mag's. You can even get a 20rnd drum mag for it.
Some serious zombie stopping power!
Dont limit yourself to 2 shells for self defense.
You'll shoot your eye out
I havent seen the Baikals in ages.
They are well made though.
Theres that illegal shotgun again.
This place is awesome!
Mossberg 500 pump. Cheap, higher capacity, and can find lots of add-ons for it at reasonable prices. I would at least recommend the heat shield for the barrel, and maybe a folding pistol-grip stock.
I have that 590 but with a speed feed stock and a side saddle I put on it. It’s a great 12 gauge.
Plus, you can reloaded it without breaking open the weapon.
Plus, it makes the most intimidating sound known to man when you chamber a round.
Under the National Firearms Act (NFA) it is illegal for a private citizen to possess a sawed-off modern smokeless powder shotgun (a barrel length less than 18 in. or 46 cm and an overall length less than 26 inches) without a tax-stamped permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which requires a background check and a $200.00 fee for every transfer. However, if the weapon was manufactured by a licensed builder, with a short barrel and no stock, the transfer fee is $5.  (Short-barreled muzzleloading blackpowder shotguns, in contrast, are not illegal by federal law and require no tax-stamped permit, although they may be illegal under state law.) As with all NFA regulated firearms, a new tax stamp must be purchased before every transfer. Inter-state transfers must be facilitated through a Class III Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealer while intrastate transfers may be between two persons.
Nice looking shop...
I visited it and lost 5 lbs in drool!
Perhaps if your let go of your ignorance based fears of people less fortunate than yourself or of a different race than yourself you would not attract the type of negative energy where you feel the need to protect yourself. sarcasm/ I think I just made myself throw up in my mouth.
If you should stumble across a used Stevens model 311 snap it up. Absolute best value for the money; you will fall in love with it. Have a gunsmith check it out for you. You might try some of the auction sites.
Their RBL model is quite affordable compared to many production european guns. This is a 16 gauge I had them build for me this summer.
I own an L. C. Smith but its nothing like this...
I am a woman who finds beauty in guns.....
You are correct about the stage coach double barrel it is perfect for home defense.
Loaded with the shot size two rounds is all you need. I have one next to my bed.
However the sound of a Remington pump being cycled will put the fear of God into anyone!
I have one of those as well.
I have a 311A 20Ga taken apart on my table as I type.......
It had a stuck firing pin (it’s 40+ years old, and has two notches in the stock.
The problem I’m having is putting it back together!
Nothing says “get the hell out of my house” like charging the pump on a 12 guage......
I find CZ to be excellent quality for the price:
Also, if smaller family members are going to use the gun for home defense, look at 20 gage, and spending more on a semi-auto [less kick].
If you still want traditional, look at over/unders as opposed to side by side. Easier for newbies to shoot [sets up sighting like a rifle].
As for bird hunting, gage depends on birds. I usually use a 20 for pheasant, 12 for goose. And bear in mind, most bird guns have longer barrels [not good for maneuvering in a house] than dedicated home defense guns[usually 18” barrel].
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